Wimmer Sets Sights on the 29th Annual Miller Lite Slinger Nationals

            For the second straight year Chris Wimmer gets set for the Miller Lite Slinger Nationals and a shot at the coveted Larry Detjens Memorial Trophy, named after his late uncle.  Detjens was killed in a tragic racing accident in 1981 at Wisconsin International Speedway, and nothing would mean more to Wimmer than to bring that trophy home.  “I was only two years old when my uncle died, but his racing legacy definitely impacted my life and my racing career,” says Wimmer, “It would be so special to me and my family to be able to win that trophy and I just hope I can race well enough to make him proud.”

            The Miller Lite Slinger Nationals at Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, WI is no easy race to win though and no one knows that more than Wimmer.  “I didn’t even make the feature last year,” says Wimmer, “there are so many tough cars and I fell just short.  I don’t want that to happen again this year.”

 Because the race is always held on a Tuesday, a handful of NASCAR drivers tempt their fate at the ¼ mile track and last year over 60 cars attempted to make the 24 car show.  “The way they set up the feature is different than any of us are used to,” says Wimmer, “and you get the best cars from all around so you have to be really good right away.  It’s definitely not an easy show to make.”

Especially when names like Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kelly Bires, Scott Wimmer, Erik Darnell and Johnny Sauter, highlight the show.  What Wimmer looks forward to the most though, is a chance to race against his brother, Scott.  “I don’t get to race against my brother very much anymore,” says Wimmer, “so I really get excited about it.  It’s always nice when I can beat him, so I guess we’ll see what happens Tuesday.”

            If Wimmer’s success so far this season is any indication of how Tuesday will go, he might be able to relax a little.  He’s not only been fast qualifier at his last two races, but he set new track records as well.  He also currently sits 4th in the ASA Midwest Tour overall points.  “My car has been pretty good lately,” says Wimmer, “We’ve been working on it a lot and it’s nice to see it coming around.  I know there’s still ways to make it better and hopefully we can do that before Slinger, I know it’s going to be a tough race to make.”

            At 200 laps the Slinger Nationals also brings a change in mentality.  There will be a ten-minute break at the halfway point, but the most important thing is to get to the finish.  “It’s such a long race that you need to stay focused on staying out of trouble and keeping your car under you,” says Wimmer, “Last year a handful of guys didn’t even make it halfway, so it’s important to be there at the end.”

            Practice begins 11:30a.m, qualifying starts at 4:00p.m. and the 200-lap feature is set to get underway at 8:10p.m.  You can purchase tickets online or online at www.slingersuperspeedway.com.

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Last modified: April 04, 2006